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Shropshire Curlew Appeal

Once common in Shropshire, curlew numbers have declined by 77% in 20 years. 

Shropshire Wildlife Trust is now fundraising to roll out curlew protection to key areas in the Clee Hills, the Clun Forest, the Stretton Hills, Oswestry Hills and the north Shropshire Mosses. 

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Pine Marten Project

Our pine marten project aims to research the pine marten population in south Shropshire and protect their habitat. 

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Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch

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Children aged 8-13? Join Wildlife Watch

Across the UK we run hundreds of events suitable for children. If you are family members of Shropshire Wildlife Trust, your children will automatically become members of the Wildlife Watch scheme, which entitles your child to discounted children and family events. The aim of the Wildlife Watch scheme is to encourage children to engage in their environment and the issues affecting it.

By joining Wildlife Watch children can…

  • Take part in discounted events
  • Become a nature detective and earn awards through the Wildlife Watch award scheme
  • Benefit from receiving the Wildlife Watch pack and quarterly children's wildlife magazine full of activities, facts and ways to help wildlife
  • Have access to the Wildlife Watch handbook which contains wildlife facts and pages to keep a diary of wildlife sightings
Wildlife Watch

How can my child/children become members?

If you are a family member of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust then your children will automatically become Wildlife Watch members. Become a member today.

What do children receive?

A membership pack full of creative and engaging resources, including:

  • A membership  badge

  • 'Wildlife Watchers' handbook to wildlife watching
  • Wildlife stickers
  • Wildlife Watch (four times a year), our lively magazine packed with features on UK wildlife and the environment news, events and competitions
  • Wildlife poster (four times a year), which focuses on specific wildlife topics.

Wildlife Watch Awards

If your child is a Wildlife Watch member, they can take part in the Wildlife Watch Award scheme to earn awards as they complete great activities and challenges. There are many different things to do from exploring the outdoors to drawing and making your own funky crafts.

Wildlife Watch Website

Head to the Wildlife Watch website to learn more about your favourite plants and animals, download spotter sheets and play games.

Wildlife Watch Groups

In Shropshire, we have two Wildlife Watch groups that children that can join in with offering lots of fun outdoor activities.

Oswestry Hills Wildlife Watch Group

Meeting point: Llanymynech Heritage Area (unless otherwise stated)

Visit our What's on page for details of upcoming group dates

Contact: David Hardwick thehardwicks@btinternet.com

Ludlow Wildlife Watch Group

Join the facebook page, for information about upcoming dates.

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Terms and conditions (Darwin Month)

Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions govern the Shropshire WIldlife Trust February membership prize draw competition (2019). The competition organisers are Shropshire WIldlife Trust. By accepting the terms & conditions of the competition you have entered into an agreement with the organisers. The organisers reserve the right to modify these terms and conditions without notice.

All new members will be entered into a prize draw to win a guided tour of Darwin's childhood garden in Shrewsbury.

By entering the competition, you agree to the provisions of these terms and conditions and to comply fully with them. The competition opens on Friday 1st February 2019 and closes on 11:59pm Thursday 28th February 2019. This applies to all new membership subscriptions received by the closing date.

This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

New members will automatically be entered into the draw, you must notify us by emailing membership@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk if you wish not to be entered.

The draw will take place March 1st 2019 - the winner will be notified by email.

The guided tour will be for the new member, plus 3 additional guests. The tour will last up to two hours and can take place at a time and day (weekday or evening) to suit the competition winner. The guided tour must take place during 2019. 

Please note - Darwin's childhood garden is a steep site, situated on the banks of the River Severn. It is not suitable for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users. If not deemed suitable for the competition winner, we can either draw the names again, or offer an alternative solution (to be decided).

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR): We will only store your information on our database for Shropshire Wildlife Trust competition purposes.   

We never sell this information to others.

We also email out e-newsletters. In order to receive it you will need to verify by subscribing here

Privacy Policy available at:  https://www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/privacy-policy (hard copies available).

 

 

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Opportunities for all ages

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No matter what it is about nature that inspires you, we've got something for all ages to get involved with. From events, to volunteering, to helping wildlife on your doorstep, there is always plenty to discover.

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Families

We believe every childhood should be wild and have lots of ways for families to engage with nature. From events and birthday parties to exploring nature reserves and rainy day activities.

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Young people

We have lots of opportunities for young people aged 11 -25. Get involved with our youth group, wild work days or have a look at work experience and  our summer placement scheme. 

 

Our project Growing Confidence has it all!
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Volunteer with us

Whether you have just an hour, a day or a week to give, and whatever your skills, there’s an opportunity for you to volunteer with us near where you live.

Find out about our volunteering opportunities
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Schools

We offer a range of sessions for primary school children at unique locations such as Darwin's Childhood Garden in Shrewsbury. All of our school sessions are carefully planned to achieve curriculum-linked learning outcomes – but the children don’t need to know that!

To find about our primary school sessions click here

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University Summer Placement Scheme

Your perfect job is within reach!

Apply for our 4 week placement scheme now!

We are now offering a brand new programme for university students and graduates.

You will be based at Shropshire WIldlife Trust for 4 weeks during August, to experience real life working within the environmental sector and to broaden your career path routes in your next stage of employment.

Examples of the work you will be involved in includes:

Pine marten project

Curlew project

Conservation grazing

Habitat monitoring

Wildlife law and legislation

A programme timetable is available to download below. Please note this timetable is flexible depending on the successful applicants requirements.

There will be 8 places available from 5th August until 31st August. Please note that the placements are unpaid but provide a great career development opportunity.

Deadline for applications is 31st May.

Complete an application from the Downloads section below.

What will I learn?

Our placement scheme offers a range of personal development opportunities in key areas:

Project management skills

Managing volunteers

Explore work related roles

Communications skills

Enhance your knowledge about the sector

Species identification skills

Practical based experience

Wildlife law & legislations

Data & mapping skills

Warden roles  

 

For more information, please email Tom Howells

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Need accommodation?

Accommodation details

If your application is successful and you require a place to stay, we can arrange local self-catered accommodation (with en-suite) at Mardol House student accommodation in Shrewsbury town centre. The total cost of accommodation for the 4 week stay would be £490 (food not included).

To find out more about this option, please email Tom Howells

Charles Darwin in Shropshire

Celebrating Darwin

This year, Shrewsbury is celebrating 210 years since the birth of Darwin. The DarwIN Festival runs from 8th until the 24th February and features dozens of events dedicated to the great man.

Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury and was a pupil at Shrewsbury school. It was during his formative years in Shropshire that his fascination for the natural world began to develop- an interest that would eventually see Darwin become a true icon of world natural history.

Visit the Original Shrewsbury website for more information about the festival.

DarwIN events taking place at our visitor centre in Shrewsbury include:

DARWIN’S NEMESIS? THE INTERESTING CASE OF ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE

James Williams from the University of Sussex talks about the two pioneers of evolution.

Saturday 16th February 3.00pm

Darwin-themed wild play for 0-11 year olds.

Become a young Darwin and join us for exploration, activities and free play within our wild child garden.

Wednesday 20th February 10.30am

Wild Work Days

Bespoke packages available

There are many reasons why businesses choose to give their staff ‘time out’ with us, but the main motivations (and benefits) are often centred around one or more of:

  • Team building
  • Making community links
  • Improving mental wellbeing (click below for more information on our work well with nature project)

Studies have shown additional benefits to engaging in this kind of activity to include higher productivity, better staff retention and reduced absence.

We offer a variety of Wild Workday experiences including one or a combination of:

  • Habitat management (tree and scrub work, meadow creation, pond restoration etc.)
  • Guided walks
  • Green woodworking
  • Charcoal burning
  • Guided tree climbing

 

We can also pull together a more bespoke day or programme of days to suit your needs.  Please contact 01743 284276 or craigb@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk for more information.

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Improve health and wellbeing

Project Assistant: live well with nature

The Cut Visitor Centre, 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6AH
Full time equivalent in the range £18,000 to £20,000 per annum (£10,800 – £12,000 for a 3-day position) + pension contribution
Closing date:

We are looking for a motivated individual to develop and facilitate the smooth running of the live well and work well with nature programmes that promotes improved health and wellbeing for…

North Shropshire Door to Door Recruitment Officer

Home based, although you will be required to attend monthly staff meetings at The Trust’s HQ in Shrewsbury as well as other training / development days as required.
Please see attached job description
Closing date:

A polite and approachable person with a passion for nature required to recruit new members locally. May suit a retired professional or those with flexible availability. Sales experience not…

Really wild birthday party leader (casual contract)

Alderford, Whitchurch, Tilstock Road, SY13 3JQ
£10 per hour
Closing date:

The objective of the job is to inspire an interest in nature through the delivery of Really Wild Birthday Parties for children aged 3 to 11 years.